“Post-the ECB hearing it's become evident that the club wasn't at fault and nor were the players in terms of the way they reported it. I do hope that message has got across”
David EastEssex chief executive
Neither has played county cricket since 2010.
The ECB disciplinary panel concluded that Kaneria:
• acted as a recruiter of spot-fixers
• approached a number of Essex players he saw as potential targets
• cajoled and pressurised Westfield into becoming involved, knowing he was young and vulnerable
• was present when Westfield received his payment for underperforming.
Kaneria continues to protest his innocence and is considering an appeal against his sentence, which the International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended should be implemented worldwide.
East declined to comment on Kaneria, but said it was very difficult for him to be sympathetic to Westfield because he had "caused the club so much discomfort and for a certain period of time tarnished the reputation of the club".
He continued: "I can understand why it happened, certainly. Whether I can feel sympathetic towards him, I'd need to reflect on that a bit more.
"I think it's hugely disappointing that one of our own, that came through the system, who we nurtured, played for England Under-19s - we had high hopes for Mervyn in his career and for it to be ended or at least be curtailed in this way is very sad."
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